William Leroy Dunkle, 79, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home.
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A native of Rimersburg, Pa., he was born March 12, 1934, to Harry and Doris (McKee) Dunkle, one of three children. Mr. Dunkle was a retired refrigeration and air conditioning technician and was formerly employed by Tucker Company in the Hartford, Conn., area. He moved to Homosassa in 1992 from Vernon, Conn., and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bill, as he was known to many, was the recipient of two Purple Hearts during his U.S. Army service. He loved motorcycles, square dancing and bowling and was also very gifted mechanically. Bill could take apart, repair and reassemble anything. Mr. Dunkle attended the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa and was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley A. (Murray) Dunkle of Homosassa, Fla.; his sister Patricia Wall of East Harford, Conn.; and sister-in-law Catherine Lerch (husband Grant), Punta Gorda, Fla. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his three sons, Michael, David and Brian Dunkle; and a sister, Beatrice Zwick.
A memorial service of remembrance will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, with the Rev. Kip Younger officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family's requests that memorial contributions be made in Bill's memory to First United Methodist Church of Homosassa. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Fla. www.wilderfuneral.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014